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“The Language of Process” – How new materials and technologies are changing product design
An exhibition curated by David Grimshaw; Senior Lecturer BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design & Programme Leader MA/MSc Product Design
23rd Sept – 20th Dec 2013, MMU Special Collections Gallery, 3rd Floor, Sir Kenneth Green Library, Manchester Metropolitan University
“The Language of Process” is an exhibition of pieces that illustrate new ideas and approaches to material and process led making and manufacture, and points to some of the potential futures for product design. It includes products that push the boundaries in their use of the latest digital technologies, and objects that reinvent the way we process materials to develop new structural and constructional properties. It highlights designs that use sophisticated computer aided design programmes in the development of new forms never before possible, and pieces that combine new technologies and traditional materials, pushing the relationship between craft making and production manufacture. And in a world where we are beginning to question the ethics and ecological impact of consumerism and consumption, it showcases projects that look at the whole of the design and manufacture supply chain, to challenge our established models and put forward proposals of how we might produce more responsibly within a global manufacturing economy.
Some pieces might appear quite traditional, almost hand crafted, whilst others appear alien, challenging our preconceptions of beauty and function. However, they illustrate just some of the range of creative responses designers are taking to the opportunities brought by new materials and processes. The work might surprise, delight or even offend, but they challenge our preconceptions of what is possible, and the future of product design.